Tag - noto-peninsula



Suzu General Hospital suffered a significant loss in the last fiscal year due to a decline in the number of patients.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 9, 2024
Public hospitals in quake-hit Okunoto area bleed red ink
The area in Ishikawa Prefecture was hit especially hard by the 7.6 magnitude quake that shook the peninsula on Jan. 1.
Hisashi Takazawa, the fifth-generation owner of Takazawa Candle, has put up messages of support from crowdfunding backers on the window of the temporary shop for his business in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture. The Noto Peninsula earthquake caused the roof of its original storefront to collapse.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 8, 2024
Crowdfunding boosts post-quake rebuilding efforts in Noto
Some 330 projects related to the Noto Peninsula earthquake had been launched on three platforms by the end of May, raising a total of around ¥1.39 billion ($8.7 million).
A makeshift squat-style toilet is still used at an evacuation center in the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, six months after the Noto Peninsula earthquake.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 2, 2024
Six months on from Noto quake, shelter toilets are still squat-style
Reports of health deterioration among evacuees, many of whom are elderly, due to the discomfort of having to use such toilets have emerged.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is briefed by local officials during his visit to the Wakura hot spring area in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Monday.
Jul 2, 2024
Kishida visits Noto for launch of 'creative' reconstruction team
Japan will introduce a 70% discount tourism campaign covered by the government to support sightseeing in the area.
The Asaichi-dori morning market area in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on July 1
JAPAN / Society
Jul 1, 2024
Six months later, Noto earthquake victims mourned
The death toll of the magnitude 7.6 earthquake, including those who died due to causes indirectly related to the disaster, has reached 281.
Masayoshi Tani on June 12 visits his house in the Fukami district of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, which was destroyed and isolated by the Jan. 1 earthquake.
JAPAN / Society
Jul 1, 2024
Temporary housing brings relief to Noto quake survivors, but fears remain
The uncertainty of whether they can return to their original homes and rebuild takes a toll on survivors, many of whom who are elderly and living on pensions.
Temporary housing in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, following the New Year's Day earthquake
Jun 30, 2024
Noto area still struggling with aftermath of New Year's quake
Immediate concerns have been remedied, but the removal of destroyed homes has barely progressed, while a population outflow has surged.
Cardboard beds at an evacuation shelter in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 31
JAPAN / Society
Jun 28, 2024
Japan calls for beds to be set up as soon as evacuation centers open
Some evacuation centers did not use temporary beds following the Noto Peninsula earthquake due to difficulties changing the facility layouts.
A Ground Self-Defense Force member welcomes a local resident at a bathing facility set up on the grounds of an elementary school serving as an evacuation shelter in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, in March.
Jun 23, 2024
Noto mission becomes SDF's longest quake response project
The record 175-day mission has highlighted the time-consuming work of restoring water supplies and sewerage systems.
The Mioya Shuzo brewery was damaged by the 2024 New Year's Day earthquake — but not to the extent that it couldn't serve as a shelter of sorts for the region's many sake breweries.
LIFE / Food & Drink / Kanpai Culture
Jun 22, 2024
To Miho Fujita, ‘rules are meant to be broken in the sake world’
Miho Fujita knows the old songs sung by sake brewers by heart, but she's updated the tradition in her own way, infusing the age-old craft with a modern twist.
Demolition work is conducted on June 11 near a morning market in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, which burned down in a fire following an earthquake on Jan. 1.
Jun 19, 2024
Noto quake death likely to exceed that of Kumamoto temblor
If a number of post-disaster deaths are recognized, the toll will climb to 282.
Eschewing the comfort of Tokyo’s air-conditioned museums, the inconvenient art movement draws viewers into the countryside to see artworks such as Christian Boltanski’s “Les Regards.”
Jun 7, 2024
A list of Japan’s remote art sites
Get off the beaten path this summer and discover art tucked away in the farthest reaches of Japan.
Satoshi Harada, an official at the Meteorological Agency, speaks at a news conference on Monday morning in Tokyo. The agency asked people in the area to remain vigilant for quakes of a similar level for a week.
Jun 3, 2024
Strong quake shakes Japan's hard-hit Noto Peninsula area
The magnitude 6 earthquake hit the peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture Monday, just over five months after a powerful temblor rocked the area.
An earthquake-damaged area in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, in May 2023. The Noto Peninsula has been experiencing an ongoing “seismic swarm” since late 2020.
Jun 3, 2024
How rain and snow play a role in Noto’s ‘seismic swarm’
The seismic activity in the region is synchronized with changes in underground pressure, which is influenced by seasonal patterns of precipitation.
Many buildings in the shopping district of Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, remain damaged five months after the area was hit by a powerful earthquake on Jan. 1.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 2, 2024
Over 100 businesses closed in municipalities hit by Noto quake
Many business owners are shutting down because reconstruction is slow, people are leaving the area and they have no one to take over in the future.
Hiroaki Okano, a resident in the town of Uchinada, Ishikawa Prefecture, explains how his home shifted sideways by about a meter as a result of the 7.6-magnitude quake that hit Ishikawa Prefecture on Jan. 1.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 2, 2024
Liquefaction-hit Ishikawa town's future unclear, five months after quake
Around 3,500 cases of liquefaction damage from the 7.6 magnitude quake that struck the Noto Peninsula on Jan. 1 have been confirmed.
Damaged and corrupted houses are seen in the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture in March
JAPAN / Society
May 28, 2024
Publicly paid demolitions without full consent OK'd for Noto Quake
Previously, consent of all owners concerned was required in principle for publicly paid demolitions, carried out for destroyed and severely damaged buildings.
Suzu Mayor Masuhiro Izumiya (center) and Minamisanriku Mayor Jin Sato (right) attend a conference on disaster reconstruction held in Tokyo on Wednesday.
May 23, 2024
Suzu mayor wants swift demolition of quake-damaged buildings
Around 7,500 buildings damaged in the temblor are expected to be demolished.
Toshio Itoya, a community leader in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, says that people will come of their own accord if there is money to be made.
JAPAN / Society
May 21, 2024
Noto Peninsula faces youth exodus amid slow earthquake recovery
The inability to earn a living in quake-hit cities is making them seek greener pastures elsewhere, a community leader says.
Volunteers move furniture out of a house damaged by the Noto Peninsula earthquake in Anamizu, Ishikawa Prefecture, in April.
May 21, 2024
Ishikawa Prefecture unveils Noto quake reconstruction plan
Covering the nine years through fiscal 2032, Ishikawa Prefecture's plan features efforts to create disaster-resistant communities.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals